Winter Gift Market

Behind-the-Scenes: Guild Vinegars at Winter Gift Market

November 12, 2018 | Special Events
Each November, the Gardens turns into a festive holiday shopping extravaganza at Winter Gift Market . One of the longest-running events at the Gardens, Winter Gift Market attracts dozens of artisans selling their wares and thousands of visitors looking to buy them. Though the vendors and products...Learn more
Pinus bungeana, or the lacebark pine

November Walking Tour – Interesting Bark

November 8, 2018 | Brien Darby
Visiting the Gardens in the fall is the perfect time to admire the tree bark that is so often overshadowed by leaves and flowers during the growing season. That being said, my first recommendation happens to be the bark of an evergreen tree, Pinus bungeana, or the lacebark pine. This tree, much...Learn more
Deer Creek

Hildebrand Ranch: History & Restoration

November 5, 2018 | Research & Conservation
In the 1860s, pioneers settled on the land next to Deer Creek in what is now Littleton. The stream provided the settlers with the only water around for miles. Frank Hildebrand bought a log cabin and a large piece of land where he and his family constructed barns and other structures for their...Learn more
Blossoms of Light

Light Up Your Life

November 2, 2018 | Megan Kuehn
Marry Me! A romantic evening at Blossoms of Light is the perfect time to pop the question. Can you imagine a more magical way to start your happily ever after than above the crowds on a secluded rooftop surrounded by a sea of lights? Our engagement packages are bigger and better this year—just like...Learn more
Heliamphora heterodoxa x minor

Plant Predators: Passive Traps

October 31, 2018 | Tamara Kilbane
In part one of this series, we talked about carnivorous plants that use active traps to capture their prey. Next, we cover another trapping mechanism used by multiple species of predatory plants: passive traps. While the active traps of Venus flytraps, waterwheel and bladderworts capture insects by...Learn more
Santa’s Village at Chatfield Farms

Host Your Holiday Event at Chatfield Farms

October 26, 2018 | Pablo Zacarias
Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms in Littleton, CO has two venue options for your holiday event! Whether you have a smaller group or a large company holiday party to plan, we have the perfect spot for you and your guests. For smaller gatherings, the Polly Steele Center fits 10-25. Nestled...Learn more
Signage for drought experiment

Plant Selection for Restoration

October 22, 2018 | Research & Conservation
This summer, I conducted a greenhouse drought experiment on seven plant species used in prairie restoration. The experiment tests the effect of drought on multiple wild populations of each species to understand how the environment where these seed populations were collected from relates to their...Learn more
Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) with traps open awaiting insects

Plant Predators: Active Traps

October 18, 2018 | Tamara Kilbane
As Halloween draws near, it seems fitting to highlight a group of bloodthirsty plants that lure, capture and devour insects (and sometimes even small mammals) in order to survive in the nutrient-poor soils of their native habitats. These carnivorous plants can be found growing around the world. The...Learn more
Saussurea weberi at Hoosier Pass

A Good Seed Can Be Hard to Find

October 15, 2018 | Alex Seglias
Plant biodiversity is being lost at an accelerated rate as a result of climate change, habitat degradation and multiple other factors. To conserve native plant species, many institutions are turning towards ex situ methods, such as storage in seed banks. Seed banks store seeds at low moisture (3-7...Learn more
Peppers

Beginning Market Farming Certificate Series

October 11, 2018 | Brien Darby
Learn from local farmers and farm educators how to start and operate your own farm. Attend all lectures and workshops to earn the Beginning Market Farming Certificate from Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University Extension. Core curriculum starts Oct. 26, 2018. Lectures on Fridays from...Learn more
Carving Real Pumpkins

How Do You Solve a Problem Like a Pumpkin?

October 8, 2018 | Special Events
With only a few days to go before Glow at the Gardens ™, we are eagerly awaiting the nights that our pumpkin sculptures will come to life. And we’re not the only ones: jack-o-lantern events are becoming increasingly popular, popping up in more and more cities all over the country. Most of these...Learn more
Oregon grape (Berberis repens)

October Walking Tour – Beyond Aspens: Native Plants with Fall Color

October 4, 2018 | Jen Toews
By now, most spring and summer flowers have faded, but don’t fret: The shorter days and cooler temperatures have brought with them an autumnal kaleidoscope of yellows, golds, oranges, bronzes, reds and purples. Celebrate the change of seasons with a walking tour of the Gardens and an opportunity to...Learn more

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